Becoming an X-Ray Technician

There are lots of reasons to consider becoming an x-ray technician. It is a stable job which is well-respected, makes a difference and can last an entire lifetime should you be dedicated enough. The process of becoming an x-ray technician is fairly straightforward and you can easily make it – so long as you have the desire to make a difference to your patients and spend some time studying, you will be zapping x-rays before you know it.

If you do decide to pursue a career as an x-ray technician, it is important to complete a well-respected and accredited course, as this will set you in good stead for your career and look good on your resumé. You can find a comprehensive list of all the different courses available at


#1: What Will I Study?

All accredited x-ray technician courses tend to cover the same content, so it is mostly a question of quality when it comes to picking the right one for you.

Throughout your course, you will study areas such as the history and principles of radiography, how radiography works, how to stay safe whilst operating the equipment, and how to x-ray certain parts of the body. You’ll also learn how to keep other sensitive areas safe from the ionizing radiation. It is quite complex and there is a lot to take in, but it is important to stay focused and understand everything you are taught.


#2: Employment Opportunities

When you have completed your x-ray technician’s course, you are then eligible (if required – depending on your state) to apply for certification and sit any final examinations. For example, in California, you have to sit further examinations after an accredited course; these exams are based around x-raying the chest.

There are a variety of places you can work as an x-ray technician – you are not limited to hospitals – and it is a matter of preference when it comes to applying for jobs.


#3: Demand for X-Ray Technicians

There is an increasing trend when it comes to demand for x-ray technicians, and it is not just x-ray technicians who are in demand either. As the medical industry grows, demand is ever-increasing for all kinds of healthcare support worker, so it is an exciting time to get on board.

Statistics have shown that employment prospects for x-ray technicians alone should have grown by around 30% when 2020 swings around, a rise which can in part be attributed to legislation such as the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), which is giving more patients access to funded healthcare which would have cost a lot of money previously.

You can remain safe in the knowledge that, there will always be a job out there for you and it is a stable career option.

Working as an x-ray technician is a rewarding career which has a direct impact on the lives of patients. You will work closely with physicians and other medical professionals to diagnose and treat a wide range of injuries and ailments.


Disclaimer: This is a collaborative blog post.

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